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- Category: A
- Group Category Details: A
- Date Added: 26/01/1971
- Local Authority: Moray
- Planning Authority: Moray
- Parish: Bellie
National Grid Reference
- NGR: NJ 34935 65365
- Coordinates: 334935, 865365
Dated 1830 (datestone re-cut circa 1975 to read 1630). 3 long
turf roofed vaulted chambers rise above turfed mound (each
divided internally into 2; continuous round-headed 3 gabled
elevation to N and S; square louvred openings in N and E
elevations (ice chutes).
Wide centre entrance under shallow brick coped gable; ashlar
lintel dated and decorated with incised salmon.
INTERIOR: wide entrance leads directly into centre chamber, intercomomunicating with remaining 5. Each chamber is high,
with barrel-vaulted ceiling and brick lined and has cobbled
floor inclined to centre drainage sump.
Statement of Special Interest
This range of late 18th and early 19th century buildings
connected with commercial salmon fishing are amongst the most
important of their kind in Scotland and a most unusual
survival. The icehouse, which appears to have re-placed a
former one mentioned in 1791-3, is the largest in Scotland
and is now a salmon fishing museum.
These buildings were designed and built to serve the rich
salmon fishings of the lower Spey, exporting salmon to the
expanding early 19th century urban markets and creating a
considerable income for the Gordon Castle estates.
Upgraded: B to A, 24.3.88
THE STATISTICSL ACCOUNT (1791-3, Witherington and Grant ed.
vol xvi, 1982), p. 83. David Souter, GENERAL VIEW OF
AGRICULTURE OF COUNTY OF BANFF (1812), p. 87. NEW STATISTICAL
ACCOUNT xiii (1842), pp. 121-2. John Hume, THE INDUSTRIAL
ARCHAEOLOGY OF SCOTLAND ii (1977), p.228.
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